Posted on August 13, 2014.
Many years ago when I started at The Pen Shop I made the fatal error of telling our Corporate Manager I couldn't write with a fountain pen because I was left-handed. I tried to explain that when I used one I just smudged ink everywhere and made a mess. My excuses were futile as with over 20 years’ experience coaching people at The Pen Shop she told me quite simply that if I was smudging I wasn't writing properly.
At our next lunch break I was then taught how to write correctly with a standard medium nib fountain pen – it took some practice but I’m proud to say I finally got there. Since then I have amassed quite a collection of pens and ink bottles and now enjoy writing daily with my beloved fountain pens - without making a mess!
Tips from The Pen Shop for left-handed writers
- Place your paper to the left of your body so you can see what you are writing.
- Tilt the paper so that your arm is at a right-angle to the bottom edge of the paper.
- Write with your hand below the writing line and with your wrist straight.
- Use your right hand if needed to steady your paper so it is less likely to move or slide while writing.
- Try to pull your pen across the paper rather than pushing it so you don't scratch your nib or ballpoint.
- The main thing is to hold your pen between the thumb, index and middle fingers. This may take a bit of practice and be uncomfortable at first but is well worth it in the end.
- Some people are helped by writing on a sloping surface as they cannot then rest on the paper and smudge the ink.
- A left-handed nib on a fountain pen can make a big difference for some left-handers.
Please call our sales team on +44 (0)191 4870033 to see which brands do left-handed nibs or pop into one of our stores to try writing with one.
If anyone has any further tips please share with us in the comments section.
My desk with a small selection of my favourite fountain pens and inks.
Written by Hannah Storey (proud leftie)